Beach + Island

Hidden Beaches

by Bob Payne

Surf's Up Down Under

Spread your towel: Store Beach, Sydney, Australia

Shore lines: As implausible as it might seem, there is indeed a hidden beach almost within a boomerang's throw of Sydney. What's kept Store Beach—part of the Sydney Harbour National Park—hidden is that a guardian rank of rocks makes it accessible only by boat. On weekends there might be a fleet of watercraft anchored off it (but not closer than 150 feet to the shore), and occasionally even a wedding taking place on its soft sand. But on a weekday, rent a kayak near the Manly Wharf, paddle the half hour out toward North Head, and you can usually count on the beach being empty enough for you to play Robinson Crusoe or, if you are more inclined, Blue Lagoon.

Best Bunk: By taking a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, you could stay just about anywhere in the heart of Sydney. But the contemporarily designed Sebel Manly Beach is more convenient. All of its 83 rooms are recently refurbished and have balconies, the best of them with ocean views.

Sebel Manly Beach
Tel: 61 2 9977 8866
Doubles from $209

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